I don’t feel like writing a poem,
Instead, I will light the incense-burning vessel
Filled with myrrh, jasmine and frankincense,
And the poem will grow in my heart
Like flowers in my garden.
~According to a student of Hafis (15th century A.D.)
Violet and Company took about a year off, maybe a little more, while I remade our webstore. Now it is finished and the happy time of writing on the blog is back. This week we will start a series looking at frankincense, one of my favorite resins.
Here is a fun frankincense fact-during the times of the Pharaohs, the ancient Greeks and the Romans, most people didn’t know where frankincense and myrrh came from. Many stories floated around such as they were guarded by winged serpents. These things were held in secret in order to allow the countries where the frankincense and myrrh trees grew to have a monopoly on the market, making the resin trade very lucrative for them.
Rizzi-Fischer, Susanne (1998) The Complete Incense Book. Sterling Publishing, New York.
Photo by Violet and Company Incense
Happy Summer Solstice! Dance, sing, be happy, be warm! Eat greens and be with friends! Burn jumbo Citronella incenses to keep the critters away and go to festivals!
Love is the greatest power that we have. Love comes in many forms: kindness, compassion, understanding, giving someone a second chance, helping a stranger, allowing someone to go first, giving some encouragement, trying to see a situation through eyes of another or just taking time and listening. Putting love out into the world changes it for the better.
In reading a little Osho, I noticed that the one idea he comes back to again and again is that the significance of life, beauty or happiness is that it is significant in itself-it needs no other reason than just that it is! These things just exist for the beauty of existing, just like we do! We are here and that is enough.
May we all do so and realize that the only difference between us is where we are standing on the planet.